#1
So Pit, I was playing a show yesterday at my school and I got extremely nervous as I always do. I was confident about knowing the songs, but I just can't seem to be confident onstage. I play guitar and sing in my band and the we played some easy covers but I still freaked out. I got choppy in my singing and in between songs I'm not sure what to say. Pit please help me solve my nervousness before my next show.
#3
What a lot of people do is pretend that the audience isn't there. Pretend that it's just another rehearsal. Playing in front of hundreds of people is no different than performing in your basement with the band.
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Halki usvan ja roudan vain teräs seuranaan
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#4
Also, I think this is one of those things that just goes away after time. The more you go out and play, the less nervous you will get each time.
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#5
Just roll with it and have fun. If you're in a really personal environment, like somewhere where you're not separated by a four foot drop off and security, just talk to the crowd and be yourself. If you're yourself, you'll relax easier when you're playing, and don't worry about messing up. Very few people in the audience will acutally know/care that you mess up.
#6
Take a lot of xanax


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#8
Quote by enceps
Also, I think this is one of those things that just goes away after time. The more you go out and play, the less nervous you will get each time.


I'm not sure I've played like 5 gigs with 2 bands and it seems like I get more nervous everytime we play in front of people
#9
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#11
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#12
Quote by loudog93
drink?

Ya i'll try that next time. Mixing that with a little green might do the trick I think
#13
Just be confident in your abilities. If you know you know the songs, then focus on the comfort that gives you and you'll be fine.
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#14
Quote by ballsyguitar116
Ya i'll try that next time. Mixing that with a little green might do the trick I think

I've heard that getting drunk and stoned will end up making you sick... maybe you should just do one or the other
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#15
idk, id just play a bunch in front of people. usually what happens with me is the first song im kinda shaky cause of adrenaline, but then im find after that, so we just do an easy song for the opener.
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#16
Quote by ballsyguitar116
Ya i'll try that next time. Mixing that with a little green might do the trick I think

Yeah, if you want to mess up horribly
#17
Quote by barden1069
I've heard that getting drunk and stoned will end up making you sick... maybe you should just do one or the other

Not necessarily sick, depending on what your ratio is. With mixing the two, sickness usually comes from too much alcohol, in my experience. I wouldn't get high though, that doesn't necessarily help me with nerves. Alcohol does, just take a few shots to ease anxiety without impairing your motor ability too much.
#18
Quote by Turkeyburger
Yeah, if you want to mess up horribly

Just enough to take the edge off. Considering I play ska and punk getting a little high isn't to bad. Being very high and drunk however is a very bad idea, especailly when your playing at a school haha
#19
Quote by ballsyguitar116
Just enough to take the edge off. Considering I play ska and punk getting a little high isn't to bad. Being very high and drunk however is a very bad idea, especailly when your playing at a school haha


your first problem is that your doing something that is so overdone it hurts. make some songs that go in a genre where they arent competing against 2423432473264873647937434326436348634784927 other bands. it will make you look better and you wont have toworry about doing bad.
#20
Just concentrate on your playing. My first show, I wasn't really that nervous when I was onstage. Course, I was mainly looking at my guitar, as I didn't sing
I'll pretend I can mod your amp but break it instead.
#21
Just relax. Get into the zone.

From my experiences in music, I've noticed that the best ones are when you're able to zone your conscious self completely out, and let your subconscious mind take a hold of you.

I've only had it a handful of times myself, but that is the goal to shoot for.
Only play what you hear. If you don’t hear anything, don’t play anything.
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#23
what i have come to find is if you are really enjoying the performance and having a good time, the nerves just go away.
#24
It can be intimidating but you just have to go out there thinking your going to play an amazing show and not even let messing up a few notes cross your mind.
It's easier said than done, I realize this but, after you play a few shows like this it gets easier and easier.
#25
Quote by ballsyguitar116
So Pit, I was playing a show yesterday at my school and I got extremely nervous as I always do. I was confident about knowing the songs, but I just can't seem to be confident onstage. I play guitar and sing in my band and the we played some easy covers but I still freaked out. I got choppy in my singing and in between songs I'm not sure what to say. Pit please help me solve my nervousness before my next show.



the only time i ever get nervous is just before the solo. im cool as a cucumber through ANY other parts of a song until a solo comes up. then i get EXTREME nervousness in the form of an intense acid-burny feel in my stomach, which passes instantly after the solo is over. what i do to get through it is just ignore it and play, knowing that it will pass. the knowledge that it will pass in a minute is what helps me the most